Christian Bale set to portray Steve Jobs in biopic of tech leader


AFP

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winner Christian Bale �X best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster ��Dark Knight�� films �X will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. ��We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,�� the film’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for ��The Social Network�� about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call. ��He didn’t have to audition,�� said Sorkin, although the writer said ��there was a meeting�� before the British-born actor was given the part. ��He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,�� said Sorkin, who is writing the script for Sony Pictures based on the 2011 biography ��Steve Jobs,�� by Walter Isaacson. ��There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is going to crush it,�� Sorkin said. The Apple inventor’s storied life already has been rendered on the big screen in last year’s drama ��Jobs�� starring Ashton Kutcher, which received lukewarm reviews. Bale received a best supporting actor Oscar in 2011 for his role in the ��The Fighter,�� in which he plays the older brother of a washed-up boxer struggling to revive his career.

The actor had a breakout performance as the lead actor in the 2000 movie ��American Psycho,�� and also earned a lead actor Oscar nomination for his turn in last year’s ��American Hustle.��